A SOUTH Yorkshire town centre is being transformed into an open air gallery featuring works by local, national and world-renowned artists.
But the show in Rotherham is no traditional exhibition – the pictures are being reproduced in large scale formats up to four metres by eight, displayed on the sides of buildings in over 35 locations.
Local firm Rainforest Graphics, which has reproduced the pieces, is due to complete the installations by the end of this month.
Artists represented include Picasso, Da Vinci, Cezanne, Henry Moore, Van Gogh and Rousseau – alongside local talent like Bernadine Stocks, a former nurse who left the health service to concentrate on painting.
She has a gallery at the Imperial Buildings in Rotherham town centre and said: “I am delighted my painting has been chosen for the outdoor gallery because I want to bring some extra colour to the centre of Rotherham.”
Businessman Nick Cragg, chair of Rotherham Economy Board who is spearheading the project, said: “Rotherham will be the first town in the UK to have its own open air art gallery, which is fantastic news for the town, and will help to play an important part in its regeneration and furthering economic growth.
“The pieces have been carefully selected so we could exhibit works of world renowned masters, whilst providing a platform for Rotherham’s own artists.”
Some of the artwork has been also selected from seven local schools.